Inside The Glorious Harbor City Of Halifax
PHOTO: Docking in Halifax aboard Silversea is not to be missed. (Courtesy Silversea Cruises)
Halifax is a beautiful harbor city that offers all of the amazing views you would expect from a stunning waterfront locale.
That alone is worth making the stop, but there is so much more to this wonderful city than a chance to enjoy impressive sunset scenes along the water.
Fortunately, it is a place where Silversea Cruises calls home as a port of call.
This is also a thriving community with countless activities and happenings for visitors to experience. The expansive city is considered the major central urban hub of the region of Canada east of Montreal.
As you explore this town, you will soon discover that it is actually like several different communities all in one. The old section of the city has maintained it nostalgic personality, and can also give you a good sense of the place’s history. There are lots of cultural and archeological highlights to explore in this region. At the same time, with several universities located here, it still manages to achieve a hip and active vibe. There is plenty of nightlife and entertainment for you to enjoy.
Shopping options are plentiful and diverse. Browse through the handcrafted wares offered by local vendors on the boardwalk, or pick up some delicious food at the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market.
There are also many landmarks and attractions to visit. You won’t need to worry about missing the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, as it is impossible to overlook. Perched on the town’s tallest hill, it dominates the local landscape. As Canada’s most popular National Historic Site, it is considered a must-see stop for visitors exploring the city. This is also where you can tour the Army Museum, and also get a close-up look at the Town Clock.
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Nature lovers and those who enjoy immersing themselves in the scents and sights of colorful flowers will want to check out the Halifax Public Gardens, which is among the oldest formal Victorian gardens in North America. It’s like a beautiful oasis situated in the middle of a modern city, and offers a perfect environment in which to escape from the activity of the more crowded areas.
Another popular attraction is the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This waterfront museum includes an assortment of small boats, and other exhibits that offer an amazing glimpse into the region’s sailing heritage and naval accomplishments. Among the highlights is the Titanic exhibit, which features a collection of interesting artifacts including the only surviving deck chair recovered from the ship’s wreckage.
History buffs will likely enjoy touring the displays at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. You can hear oral histories of some of the area’s earliest immigrants, and also listen to tales of their adventures and travels.
As you stroll around town, you should also take time to view the historic properties throughout the city, including the restored waterfront warehouses that boast colorful pedigrees. Get a taste of culture at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia or just enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront boardwalk. This is just a small sampling of all the many exciting things you can see and do in Halifax.
Getting there is no problem, as Halifax is one of the port cities serviced by Silversea cruise line. Book your luxury cruise aboard Silversea now.
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